For six years…
I worked as an elementary school principal. I was so DRIVEN that I literally DROVE people away …
and yes while we earned our way to be a model school in literacy for the district, what did it really cost?
I think this cams top of mind as I was heading to the second half of my summer trips and leaving Vegas. The end of a conference always puts me into a state of reflection. This conference was no different!
The blessing, as I consider it, is this:
- I have learned HOW to be driven. It really is all about setting the right intention. Need help getting started, consider this
- Figure out what you value. It can be tempting to dive right into intention-setting without a lot of thought. Avoid comparing yourself to others and take a little time to understand your unique perspective in the world. Answer the question, What resonates with you?
- Decide when and how you will routinely set and review your intentions. Will you share them with a friend? Post them on a mirror? How will your intentions stay present for you?
- Clarify your intention. Now that you have an idea of what you want to center your focus on and know how you want to make it part of your daily life, decide what your intention actually is. Typically intentions are short positive sentences or words that embody where you want your focus to be. Some of my personal favorites are, “The favor of God is on my life.” or “It’s going to be a good day, good day, GOOD DAY!” This is where working with a coach or mentor can come support your growth.
- Set your intention. This is where your action begins. Declare. Write. Speak. Internalize. Visualize. Whichever you chose, the day’s intention should be something that you come back to.
I have also learned that pace is a good thing . In fact, you do not have to accomplish every goal you set for an organization, you simply need to craft a vision to begin. Settling in that space of peace, really does yield even more peace of mind.
Lady leaders, what lessons have you learned along the way? Share and empower someone else.
Wishing You Successful Intentions,